Olivia Murphy Named First WBCA All-American In Program History
ATLANTA, Ga.—Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) has become the first All-American in UMass Boston women's program-history, after the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) released their All-American list in late March.
The sophomore power-forward was named to the WBCA Division III Coaches' All-American Team Honorable Mention List. Murphy was the lone member of the Little East Conference to be honored and one of just five student-athletes from New England to be recognized.
A first-team Little East Conference selection and D3Hoops.com All-Region honoree, Murphy led the Little East Conference in scoring with 15.9 points per game and ranked third with her 10.6 rebounds per game.
On the offensive end, she shot a career-high 46.3 percent from the field and sat amongst the top-20 players in the conference in free throw percentage (66.7 percent).
She was just as strong on the boards, ranking third in the league in rebounding and second with her 4.0 offensive rebounds per game. Murphy pulled down double-digits rebounds in 13 different contests and 15 or more rebounds in five games. Additionally, she paced the Beacons with her 1.5 blocks per game (3rd in the LEC) and ranked third on the roster with her 23 steals.
The sophomore forward from Canton, Mass. became the first player in program history to earn all four major weekly awards in the same period, as she was named the Little East Conference, NEWBA and ECAC Player of the Week, in addition to being named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week on December 9. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week on three separate occasions.